July 29, 2008 / 6:38 PM / 9 years ago

Canada trade minister hopes WTO talks can restart

<p>Michael Fortier (L) is sworn in as Canada's International Trade Minister while Prime Minister Stephen Harper watches during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s Trade Minister Michael Fortier said he was hopeful that the World Trade Organization could restart talks after they collapsed on Tuesday.

“I am somewhat, perhaps cautiously ... optimistic that the WTO, Mr. Lamy and his organization can kick-start the talks in the not-so distant future,” Fortier told reporters on a conference call.

Reporting by David Ljunggren and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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